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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 40

    A lacquer kobako [incense box]


    Price Realised  


    A lacquer kobako [incense box]
    Muromachi Period (15th century)
    The rectangular box with flush-fitting cover decorated in gold togidashi-e on a black ground with sparse nashiji, depicting flowers and grasses, the interior with butterflies among grasses, lead rims
    8.3cm. long

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    This box is probably an example of a Hanare, a small box that once formed part of a large set of lacquer utensils, but was later used independantly in tea-or incense- ceremonies.
    For similar examples see Jo Okada, Nihon no shitsuge 2 Maki-e II, [Lacquer of Japan 2: Maki-e II], (Tokyo, 1978), cat. nos. 97-102

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